design journal

You are required to keep a journal. This journal will be due at points throughout the semester. You are encouraged to pimp out your journal--get creative with book design!

  • Entry 1 (8/27): Read Williams pp 4-5 and answer the 4 questions she poses. Be as specific as possible.
  • Entry 2 (9/1): Read Williams pp 6-7 and jot down your answers to all questions, but specifically focus on questions 1-3 on the left-hand side of pg 7.
  • Entry 3 (9/3): Read Williams 8-12, look up any answers you do not know, and then write an entry that explains what you knew, what you didn't, and what you learned.
  • Entry 4 (9/15): Find a designed text you like and describe, in the terminology discussed so far (White 13-40, 51-60), what you like about it. Include the design and your answer.
  • JOURNALS DUE 9/17 to be returned 9/22.
  • Entry 5 (9/24): Find a designed text you like and describe how each of the 7 design principles from White apply to the design.
  • Entry 6 (10/13): Describe the connections you see between Helvetica and 103-121 of White. Consider how learning about the historical development of type causes you to understand White's description of font does and don'ts.
  • Entry 7 (10/27): Create your name, however you want, in Illustrator. Print it out and put it in your journal.
  • Entry 8 (11/10): In class on 11/5 you will have printed out and discussed your 2 mockups. By 11/10, you must paste these mockups into your journal and provide a short writeup that does the following: 1) Describes the overall purpose, audience, and strategies for the logos. 2) Describes what your peers thought of them in discussion on 11/5. 3) Describes which logo you're leaning towards at this point, why, and what you still want to do w/ it (if anything).
  • Entry 9 (11/17):Paste into your journal 2 business card mockups. Provide a short writeup that does the following: 1) Describes the overall purpose, audience, and strategies for the cards. 2) Describes which card you're leaning towards at this point, why, and what you still want to do w/ it (if anything).
  • Entry 10 (12/1):Look back over your journal and provide me with a final entry that does the following: 1) Describe what you've learned in this course (note where you started and where you ended up), 2) Describe if you imagine yourself taking some of these concepts and software programs further. If so, what do you hope to learn in the future outside of this class? 3) Sum up your design aesthetic. What do you find appealing and what do you find yourself designing? Articulate this the best you can.